2014-2015 CLINICAL YEAR STUDENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
As part of the Clinical Year curriculum, students develop their scientific research skills. Clinical Year students, under the mentoring of a MLS faculty member, work on a research project and presenting their findings at the MLS Clinical Year Research Presentations Sessions. The Clinical Year research projects for the 2014-2015 MLS Clinical Year Cohort included:
• Perception of MLS as a major for pre-medicine students: freshmen vs. Junior and senior pre-medicine students – a survey to determine what factors are important to a pre-medicine student in choosing a major. Researchers: Alexis Chang, Vanessa Hutauruk. Faculty Mentor: Tasha Simpson.
• Reduction of cellular debris with magnetically charged coffee grounds for identification of Mycobacterium species with acridine orange stain. Authors: Tiffany Turner, Allison Ward, and Trevor Zimmerman. Faculty Mentor: Daniel F. M. González.
• The T-Cell ontogeny game: an alternative teaching method for Medical Laboratory Science majors at the fundamental level. Researchers: Karl De la Cruz, Ervin Mitra, and Loran Ong. Faculty Mentor: Aileen Hyde and Daniel F. M. González.
• Utilization of research in necrotizing fasciitis to enhance relevance for Medical Laboratory Science students. Researchers: Jake Abalorio, Cheryl Christie, and Victoria Thona. Faculty Mentor: Aileen Hyde and Daniel F. M. González.
• Peripheral blood smear slide preparation and staining – An educational module. Researchers: Cynthia Salome, Kelcey Sarno, and Watson Situmorang. Faculty Mentor: Timothy A. Newkirk.
• Identification of biomarkers and analytical methods for early detection of preeclampsia: a meta-analysis of relevant studies. Researchers: Fairlyn Ditta, John Robertson, and Timothy Tampubolon. Faculty Mentor: Daniel F. M. González.
• Learning IMViC reactions: An educational module. Researchers: Emil Harty, Valentine Igilimbabazi, and Erick Nazareno. Faculty Mentor: Aileen Hyde and Daniel F. M. González.
• Microbes in our midst: An investigation of bacteria present on mobile phones of Andrews University students and faculty. Researchers: Awatif Alenazi, Ffrances Famorcan, and Lauryn Stiles. Faculty Mentor: Timothy Newkirk.
• Comparison between historical treatments for amynotrophic lateral sclerosis. Researchers: Andrey Ivanov, Molly Kivumbi, and Elise Theodore. Faculty Mentor: Tasha Simpson.
For further information about these research projects, please contact the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences.
GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE MLS STUDENTS PRESENT AT THE MICHIGAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE, ARTS & LETTERS (MASAL)
From the 2014-2015 MLS Clinical Year cohort, two undergraduate research projects were accepted for presentation at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters (MASAL) Annual conference:
Reduction of Cellular Debris with Magnetically Charged Coffee Grounds for Identification of Mycobacterium Species with Acridine Orange Stain, researched by Tiffany Turner, Allison Ward, and Trevor Zimmerman, was one of the only two projects selected for oral presentation under the Microbiology section of MASAL. Trevor Zimmerman represented on behalf of his group and his oral presentation received excellent reviews by the attendees and co-chairs of the section.
Identification of biomarkers and analytical methods for early detection of preeclampsia: a meta-analysis of relevant studies, researched by Fairlyn Ditta, John Robertson, and Timothy Tampubolon, was selected for the Interdisciplinary Poster Session. John Robertson was present to answer questions and explain the importance of their study. Both undergraduate projects were conducted under the mentorship of Assistant Professor Daniel F. M. González.
In addition to the presentations by the undergraduate students, graduate student (MSMLS Program) Alya Almatrafi presented her research on Antimicrobial Activity of Thymoquinone as part of the Interdisciplinary Poster Session. Alya completed this research project under the mentorship of Associate Professor Karen A. Reiner, as part her requirements to complete the Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science.
Congratulations to everyone for their contributions to the field of laboratory medicine. For further information about these and other research projects by the MLS students, please contact the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences Research Coordinator, Daniel F. M. González at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.